Amy Camarow of US News & World Report speaks about the methodology used to determine America’s best hospitals.
That patient, who truly needs outstanding care, is the target of the annual U.S. News “Best Hospitals” rankings, in which hospitals are judged not in routine procedures but in difficult cases across an entire specialty. This year, the 19th, hospitals are ranked in 16 specialties, from cancer and heart disease to respiratory disorders and urology. Out of the 5,453 hospitals put through a rigorous statistical mill, only 170 scored high enough to appear in any of the specialty rankings. (Data for military and veterans’ hospitals are unavailable.) And only 19 of the 170 made the Honor Roll of medical centers ranked at or near the top in at least six specialties, as explained on Page 72. This year, for the first time, data and scores are available online for more than 1,500 hospitals that in the end fell short of being ranked.